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The refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed All Saints Church in Hereford offers a solution to the problem of under-used urban churches. As part of a major refurbishment, architect Rod Robinson Associates installed a cafe and wc in All Saints, with the blessing of the vicar and English Heritage. The cafe, run by Bill Sewell who also manages The Place Below, at St Mary-le-Bow in the City, has proved popular with Herefordians and the church is once more fully integrated into the life of the community.

The wc pod was specially designed by rra and is inserted at the back of the north-west aisle. It is divided into four compartments: a small maintenance area, two unisex wcs and a disabled wc. The layout of the disabled wc is a variation on Approved Document M, agreed with Hereford City Building Control and the Hereford Access Group; it was tested by a wheelchair user and pronounced excellent.

The All Saints pod is an ideal solution to the problem of inserting modern wcs into historic structures; it is virtually free-standing and makes minimal contact with existing building elements. English Heritage is planning to use rra's pod in other eh properties.

ARCHITECT Rod Robinson Associates, project architect Mark Burke-Damaschke



purpose-made sanitaryware Lockhart Design Services, stock sanitaryware Armitage Shanks, floor finish Altro


1 floor panels

2 stainless steel sandwich cladding panel

3 disabled wc

4 mild steel column supporting office above

5 soil stack

6 cupboard space with access to services

7 stairs to office


1 disabled wc

2 unisex wc

3 unisex wc

4 purpose-made stainless-steel wash hand basin

5 concrete block 'counterbalance'

6 steel frame

7 air-extract grilles

8 extract ductwork & drains

9 suspended floors with underfloor heating

10 cantilevered spiral stair

11 ceiling/roof construction

12 pre-curved door

13 pre-fabricated wall panel;

a) softwood framing

b) 4mm plywood sheathing

c) rimex stainlesss- steel internal & external cladding

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